Dead Poets Society
Dead Poets Society (1989)

Marking a turning point in the career of Robin Williams, who heretofore had been best known for his manic, stream-of-consciousness-comedy, Dead Poets Society shows him to be equally talented at straight drama. The story is set in 1959 and… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 10, 1998
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Affecting performances from the young cast and a genuinely inspirational turn from Robin Williams grant Peter Weir's prep school drama top honors.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Williams, who has comparatively little screen time, has come to act, not to cut comic riffs, and he does so with forceful, ultimately compelling, simplicity.

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Time Out

Weir infuses the film with his customary mysticism, but more importantly, draws sensitive performances from his largely inexperienced cast.

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Josh Larsen

I can't help but melt underneath this movie: it chisels away the cynic and gets at the sap.

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Variety Staff

Story sings whenever Williams is onscreen. Screen belongs just as often to Leonard, who as Neil has a quality of darting confidence mixed with hesitancy. Hawke, as the painfully shy Todd, gives a haunting performance.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The movie undercuts Mr. Williams's exceptionally fine performance, making the character seem more of a dubious fool than is probably intended.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's not so easy to dismiss Dead Poets Society. For all its faults, it still has as much power as it ever did.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The moral divisions set up between characters are childishly overdrawn; and, worst of all, the behavior shown by the boys and adults frequently reeks of falsity and contrivance.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

It's a literate though strained uplifter, a not altogether compatible coupleting of Rocky Balboa and the Bard.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Williams keeps a stiff upper lip, showing a more sedate and sensitive side, and the Oscar-winning screenplay provides a strong backbone.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Liam Gadd
A prime example of seeing a film at the right age and at the right time.
Alex roy
Dead Poets Society is a well crafted drama with a great cast and a compelling story that is engaging from start to finish. The film boasts a powerful… More
Chris Weber
Set in a picturesque New England boys's prep school in the late 1950s, what we get here is an inspiring story of an unconventional young English teacher… More
Adriel Lim
Incredible. There hasn't been a film that isn't so attuned to my own concerns, with the truest of sympathies, this film is everything that all my life… More
Mark Walker
Robin Williams was predominantly known for his hilarity and exuberant sense of fun before he finally started to show that he had acting chops. In 1987, he… More
Paulo Gabuat
Dead Poets Society is a topnotch drama that succeeds in most aspects, having both a well-written story and a cast full of outstanding performances. Though its… More